October 26, 2008
Climbers make their way up the steep slope of K2 in Pakistan earlier this summer. Steamboat Springs doctor Eric Meyer was one of 22 who left the mountain's upper-most camp early Aug. 1. He spent much of the next three days using his high-altitude medical expertise to assist climbers who had been trapped high on the mountain, some as long as two days.
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A series of small mistakes leads to the deaths of 11 people Aug. 1 on K2
Everything is relative on the upper slopes of K2. A good, deep breath, for instance, nets one-third the relief it would at sea level. Steamboat Springs doctor Eric Meyer used a satellite phone in dark and cold hours of the night of Aug. 1 to let his friends and family know he was alive.